Winston Wei Dou

Macro-Finance Models with Nonlinear Dynamics

Joint with Andrew W. Lo, Xiang Fang, Harald Uhlig

July 2020

We provide a review of macro-finance models featuring nonlinear dynamics. We survey the models developed recently in the literature, including models with amplification effects of financial constraints, models with households' leverage constraints, and models with financial networks. We also construct an illustrative model for those readers who are unfamiliar with the literature. Within this framework, we highlight several important limitations of local solution methods compared with global solution methods, including the fact that local-linearization approximations omit important nonlinear dynamics, yielding biased impulse-response analysis.